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  Packers | Adrian Peterson may visit Green Bay?    Wed Mar 22, 10:22 PM

The Green Bay Packers have 'some' interest in a visit with free-agent WR Adrian Peterson (Vikings), but it is believed that might not happen until after the team can take stock of its roster following the draft, according to ESPN's Ben Goessling.

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  Raiders | Oakland WR recruiting Adrian Peterson    Sat Mar 18, 10:26 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Cordarrelle Patterson has been trying to recruit free-agent RB Adrian Peterson via Twitter, telling Peterson to 'join the dark side.'

Footballguys view: Peterson is an option for the Raiders, but it depends on whether or not Marshawn Lynch comes out of retirement.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson won't return to Vikes    Thu Mar 16, 05:18 PM

Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) will not be re-signed by the Minnesota Vikings, according to general manager Rick Spielman.

Footballguys view: Once Latavius Murray showed up, this was expected. How much does Peterson have left in the tank? And how much is he asking for? We would go with 'not much' and 'too much,' respectively.

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  Seahawks | Adrian Peterson leaves Seattle without deal    Tue Mar 14, 12:41 AM

Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) left his visit with the Seattle Seahawks without signing a contract Monday, March 13. The sense here is that the Seahawks are in the 'information-gathering process,' as they plan to host fellow free-agent RBs Latavius Murray (Raiders) and Jamaal Charles (Chiefs) this week as well.

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  Seahawks | Adrian Peterson visiting Seattle    Sun Mar 12, 12:13 AM

Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) is scheduled to visit with the Seattle Seahawks.

Footballguys view: Peterson is still waiting to find a new home, and the Seahawks would be a nice landing spot for the veteran. He could be their two-down thumper while C.J. Prosise could continue to work as a change-of-pace back. The longer Peterson sits on the open market, the better it could be for fantasy owners. Peterson could be more motivated by the length of time he's been sitting on the open market.

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  Seahawks | Seattle waiting on Adrian Peterson?    Wed Mar 8, 01:30 PM

Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent RB Adrian Peterson would like to play for the Seattle Seahawks, per Peterson's father.

Footballguys view: Sources familiar with situation say Seattle doesn't have immediate interest in signing Peterson, but waiting to see how the market plays out could lead to the Seahawks revisiting the situation.

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  Patriots | Nothing brewing in NE with Adrian Peterson    Tue Mar 7, 02:37 PM

Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent RB Adrian Peterson has nothing brewing with the New England Patriots for now.

Footballguys view: Peterson may take a discounted price to play for the Patriots. The team may lose LeGarrette Blount in free agency, so they'd be looking for a two-down banger like Peterson.

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  Patriots | Adrian Peterson giving discount to NE?    Mon Mar 6, 09:49 PM

Impending free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) said he would 'consider' taking a team-friendly contract with the New England Patriots, according to a 'source close to Peterson.'

Footballguys view: The Patriots are poised to make another run at the Super Bowl, so it makes sense that Peterson would take a discount. If they lose LeGarrette Blount in free agency, then Peterson would be able to take his spot as the lead ball-carrier for the best team in the AFC.

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  NFL | Adrian Peterson finding cool FA market    Sun Mar 5, 12:42 PM

Impending free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) is reportedly talking with other teams but not drumming up much interest among league executives at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis as the NFL heads toward the start of its new league year Thursday, March 9.

Footballguys view: Peterson will have a few suitors, but the market may not be as hot as he expected. This RB class is deep and talented, and there are some options in free agency for RB-needy teams.

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  Raiders | Adrian Peterson on Raiders' radar    Fri Mar 3, 11:28 AM

Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) has interest in the Oakland Raiders.

Footballguys view: The Raiders are moving on from Latavius Murray, and adding Peterson would make sense. They already have DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard to be change-of-pace backs. The Raiders have a good offensive line, and they could blast open holes for Peterson on first and second downs. A high-powered Raiders offense would be even better with Peterson toting the rock.

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  Giants | New York won't pursue Adrian Peterson    Thu Mar 2, 12:36 PM

Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) is not expected to be of interest to the New York Giants, according to a source.

Footballguys view: He shouldn't be and it's crazy to think he might have been considering the Giants offensive line isn't too much better than what the Vikings had. Peterson is likely to want significant money as well, and that would be a bad decision on the part of the Giants if they handed it to him.

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  Giants | NYG will look at Adrian Peterson    Wed Mar 1, 03:06 PM

New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said the team will look at free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) when they evaluate available players. 'We'll go take a look at him, we'll evaluate him, we'll get a grade on anyone who's available and we'll make those decisions in terms of what's best for the Giants moving forward,' McAdoo said.

Footballguys view: The Giants have a need at running back, and Peterson could make the ground game better. It wouldn't be good news for Paul Perkins as he'd serve as the backup to Peterson. Reports indicate that Peterson would like to go to a contender, and the Giants should be in the playoff picture in 2017.

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  Buccaneers | Adrian Peterson not priority for TB    Wed Mar 1, 02:07 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not expected to aggressively pursue free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) at this time, according to sources.

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  Vikings | MIN noncommittal about Adrian Peterson    Wed Mar 1, 01:37 PM

Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman was noncommittal about the possibility of the Vikings re-signing RB Adrian Peterson this offseason. Spielman said he is open to Peterson returning to the Vikings but is not sure what will happen during free agency.

Footballguys view: The Vikings could get Peterson back at a discount, but it seems like he's moving on. In fact, the Vikings may themselves move on by adding a guy like Latavius Murray in free agency.

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  Cowboys | DAL not pursuing Adrian Peterson after all    Tue Feb 28, 10:35 PM

Updating a previous report, the Dallas Cowboys will not be pursuing Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson when he becomes an unrestricted free agent next week, according to a team source, because they are 'not a fit' for Peterson with RB Ezekiel Elliott on the roster.

Footballguys view: Now this report makes sense. When initially buzz had the Cowboys in the market for Peterson it seemed outlandish.

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  Cowboys | Adrian Peterson on Dallas' radar    Tue Feb 28, 01:28 PM

Dallas Cowboys general manager/owner Jerry Jones will pursue free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) if he still available by the March 9 start of free agency.

Footballguys view: Peterson would work in tandem with Ezekiel Elliott. He's looking to go to a contender, and the Cowboys certainly fit that bill. At the end of the day, we don't think Peterson winds up in Dallas.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson's option declined    Tue Feb 28, 12:12 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will not have his 2017 option exercised, the team announced Tuesday, Feb. 28, and he'll become an unrestricted free agent March 9.

Footballguys view: Peterson could come back to the Vikings, but it would be for a much better price tag. They were never going to pick up his $18 million option and now he gets to test the open market.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson confused by doubters    Sat Feb 25, 12:07 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he perplexed by those who question whether or not he can bounce back in 2017.

Footballguys view: Peterson has the ultimate confidence in his ability, so it's no shock that he would be surprised by those who doubt him. We've learned to never doubt Peterson as he's come back from injuries/setbacks before. However, Father Time never loses and age could be finally catching up with the veteran running back.

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  Vikings | No talks between Vikings, Adrian Peterson    Fri Feb 24, 05:10 PM

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said he has not talked with RB Adrian Peterson at this point but will not make a decision on Peterson's contract until he talks with him and his agent. Spielman said the team will make a decision before the start of free agency.

Footballguys view: They're not going to bring him back with a price tag of $18 million in 2017. If he agrees to a massively restructured deal then perhaps Peterson will still be with the Vikings next season. Let's just say we're not counting on it.

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  Vikings | Minnesota undecided on Adrian Peterson    Thu Feb 23, 03:38 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's future with the Vikings is still in limbo. General manager Rick Spielman said Minnesota hasn't yet made a decision on their running back, but it's unlikely that Peterson remains a Viking if he's not willing to take a big pay cut. He is due $18 million next season.

Footballguys view: We just don't expect Peterson back with the Vikings. The money is too much, and the team could move on with Jerrick McKinnon as their lead back.

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  Vikings | Pat Shurmur focused on running game    Mon Feb 20, 05:55 PM

Minnesota Vikings RBs Adrian Peterson and/or Jerick McKinnon could see increased usage in 2017 with offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. Shurmur wants to improve the offense as a whole, but he said the key and focal point of the offense will be to do a better job in the running game.

Footballguys view: The team needs to open things up more for the passing game. Sam Bradford proved he can be incredibly accurate on short passes, but the team needs a vertical element to challenge defenses. That vertical passing game can be set up by a strong rushing attack. We don't think Peterson returns in 2017, so McKinnon may get a huge bump in fantasy potential. Stay tuned.

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  Giants | NYG hasn't shown interest in Adrian Peterson    Sun Feb 19, 10:20 AM

The New York Giants have not expressed interest in acquiring Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, even though the 32-year-old veteran has hinted that he wouldn't mind playing for the team if he doesn't return to the Vikings.

Footballguys view: Peterson took to Twitter to comment on the moves the Giants were making this offseason. He's likely done in Minnesota, and it will be interesting to see where he lands. Peterson can still carry a full workload as a runner, but he might have to settle for working in some form of RBBC wherever he lands.

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  Giants | Adrian Peterson keeping tabs on NYG    Thu Feb 16, 09:41 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson tweeted Wednesday, Feb. 15, that the New York Giants have been 'making some interesting moves' this offseason.

Footballguys view: The Giants would be insane to bring him on, though they are one of the teams Peterson wants to play for if cut loose by the Vikings. Given how bad he looked behind one poor offensive line in Minnesota, we're not excited to see him behind another one in New York. They seem set on Paul Perkins as well, so unless Peterson wants to be the second back, he wouldn't have much work at Metlife Stadium anyway.

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  Cowboys | Dallas an option for Adrian Peterson?    Sun Feb 5, 03:00 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be in play with the Dallas Cowboys as a potential free agent, according to league sources.

Footballguys view: This makes very little sense unless the Cowboys know something we don't about the direction and possible punishment in the league investigation of Ezekiel Elliott. The team only needs a backup and can probably retain Darren McFadden for a fraction of what Peterson would demand on the open market. Maybe Jerry Jones has a long-time hankering to see Peterson play in his home state and would go with a one-two punch, but it would be expensive.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson's future being analyzed    Fri Feb 3, 11:08 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's future with the team won't be decided until some 'tough analysis' is performed, according to president Mark Wilf.

Footballguys view: The team could attempt to keep Peterson at cheaper than his 18 million dollar price tag, or trade him to a team that will give him more favorable terms than Minnesota. One thing is clear, Peterson won't get a six million dollar roster bonus on March 11. He's just not worth that plus his 12 million dollar salary and workout bonus in his age 32 season. He could pick his team if he wants to force the Vikings hand by not reworking his deal for them or a potential trade partner.

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  Giants | Adrian Peterson interested in Giants    Thu Jan 19, 12:37 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he would be interested in the New York Giants if he becomes available this offseason.

Footballguys view: So he wants to go from a team with a garbage offensive line to a team with a slightly less garbage offensive line? Peterson doesn't seem to have much left in the tank, but we might be interested in the right situation. This isn't it. The Giants need running back help, but they need an offensive line as well.

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  Buccaneers | Tampa Bay an option for Adrian Peterson?    Thu Jan 19, 12:31 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he would be interested in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers if he becomes available this offseason.

Footballguys view: Where's the upside for the Bucs here? Maybe Doug Martin isn't the answer anymore, or maybe Peterson won't be more than a backup. But we've seen him behind sketchy offensive lines and Peterson doesn't seem to have much in the tank anymore.

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  Texans | Adrian Peterson interested in Houston    Thu Jan 19, 12:24 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he would be interested in the Houston Texans if he becomes available this season.

Footballguys view: It's time for the Vikings and Peterson to part ways, but Houston--while close to home--would not benefit from an aging Peterson. Lamar Miller did well this year, so adding Peterson does nothing for this team, who needs a quarterback, not a running back.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson had significant tear    Tue Jan 10, 10:48 AM

Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) said he tore 90 percent of the meniscus in his right knee earlier in the season. He returned in 12 weeks after a full repair.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson wants to stay    Mon Jan 2, 11:28 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he wants to stay with the Vikings in 2017, but he declined to say whether he would accept a pay cut.

Footballguys view: He's got a $17 million cap number in 2017, and that means he's not coming back....at least at that price. If the two sides can restructure his deal to a more cap-friendly number then perhaps Peterson would stay with the Vikings.

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  Vikings | Week 17 inactives for Vikings    Sun Jan 1, 11:43 AM

The Minnesota Vikings have declared RB Adrian Peterson, OG Alex Boone, RB C.J. Ham, WR Laquon Treadwell, WR Stefon Diggs, QB Taylor Heinicke, OT Willie Beavers inactive for Week 17.

Footballguys view: Adam Thielen is a strong play this week with Diggs out and the momentum of a 200-yard game behind him.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson ruled out    Fri Dec 30, 07:26 PM

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (groin, knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 30, and has been ruled out for Week 17.

Footballguys view: We may have seen the last of Peterson with the Vikings. It's doubtful that he returns to Minnesota next year.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson not practicing    Fri Dec 30, 01:09 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee, groin) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 30.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson doesn't practice    Thu Dec 29, 09:31 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (groin, knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 29.

Footballguys view: Peterson wasn't effective in the brief moments we saw him this season and it seems like he has finally tapped out the fountain of youth he used to stay productive. Of course, as bad as that offensive line is, it could be that nobody would look good behind it. Suffice to say, even against the Bears we wouldn't trot out anyone from this backfield.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson does not practice    Wed Dec 28, 02:44 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (groin, knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 28.

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  Vikings | Minnesota's Week 16 inactives    Sat Dec 24, 11:38 AM

The Minnesota Vikings have declared RB Adrian Peterson, OG Brandon Fusco, WR Laquon Treadwell, LB Stephen Weatherly, QB Taylor Heinicke, OT Willie Beavers, FB Zach Line inactive for Week 16.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson's season over?    Fri Dec 23, 11:14 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (groin, knee) has already been ruled out for Week 16, and he is unlikely to play in the season finale, according to a team source.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson ruled out Week 16    Fri Dec 23, 01:00 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (groin, knee) will not play in Week 16 against the Green Bay Packers after aggravating a groin injury in Week 15 against the Indianapolis Colts.

Footballguys view: The Vikings are going to roll forward with Jerrick McKinnon and Matt Asiata against the Packers. This injury may end up finishing Peterson's season...especially with the Vikings basically bounced from the playoff race. With a cap hit of $18 million (with no dead money) in 2017, we might have seen the last of Peterson in a Vikings uniform.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson misses practice    Thu Dec 22, 02:42 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (groin, knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 22.

Footballguys view: Peterson didn't look great before he was sidelined due to a massive points deficit against the Colts. His lack of acumen in the pass game--especially in protection--is what put him on the bench. If the defense folds again, Peterson will be on the bench, and even if he gets some run, the lack of offensive line play makes him a poor option this weekend against Green Bay.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson has groin injury    Wed Dec 21, 03:12 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (groin, knee) is dealing with a groin injury in addition to his knee injury. He did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 21.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson unsure about status    Wed Dec 21, 02:06 PM

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) said he is taking things one day at a time and is not sure if he will be able to play in Week 16.

Footballguys view: Peterson was a dud against the Colts last week with 23 all-purpose yards on seven touches. This week he should get a larger workload against the Packers, but it's still going to be difficult to trust the veteran superstar.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson out of practice    Wed Dec 21, 12:22 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) is out of practice Wednesday, Dec. 21.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson not fully healthy    Wed Dec 21, 11:42 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) is not quite 100 percent, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

Footballguys view: The Vikings are technically still alive in the playoff race, so Peterson could be in line for a larger workload than he had last week against the Colts. Watch his practice status later in the week before deciding on whether or not to risk playing Peterson in the championship round. Zimmer offered no indication Wednesday, Dec. 21, how much Peterson will play in Week 16.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson plays 12 snaps    Mon Dec 19, 10:58 AM

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson played 12 snaps in Week 15.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson no effective in return    Sun Dec 18, 09:19 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) returned to action in Week 15 against the Indianapolis Colts after missing 11 games due to a torn meniscus in his right knee. He ran six times for 22 yards, but also had a lost fumble in the second quarter.

Footballguys view: Peterson had one good run, but it ended with the fumble. He'll be a boom/bust play at Green Bay next week with the Vikings playoff hopes on life support.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson to start vs Colts    Sun Dec 18, 01:41 AM

Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) will start in the team's Week 15 game against the Indianapolis Colts, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. Peterson's workload will be determined by how well his knee holds up.

Footballguys view: Peterson is a true boom/bust play, with even the size of his workload up in the air. He has done the miraculous early return from injury before, but the best plan this week is to keep him on the bench and hope to have the option of playing him next week against Green Bay after seeing how he looks this week against the Colts.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson to be worked in slowly    Sat Dec 17, 06:21 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is expected to play a bit role in Week 15 against the Indianapolis Colts before getting a more substantial workload in Week 16 versus the Green Bay Packers.

Footballguys view: This is why fantasy owners will find it difficult to trust Peterson in his first week back. We'd like to see him back in action before trusting him in our fantasy lineups..especially during the fantasy playoffs.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson activated    Sat Dec 17, 12:21 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) was activated from the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Dec. 17. The team also waived DT Toby Johnson.

Footballguys view: Peterson is back in action this week for the Vikings, but nobody knows what to expect from him. It's not like Peterson's 1.6 yards per carry was lighting the league on fire before this injury. Proceed with caution when considering Peterson in your lineup this week.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson says he will play    Fri Dec 16, 05:14 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) said he will be able to play in the team's Week 15 game. Peterson said he plans to wear a knee brace when he is playing.

Footballguys view: We have no idea what to expect from Peterson this week. Throw him in as a 'what the heck' flex if you'd like, but don't get too excited about his return.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson back on the field    Thu Dec 15, 01:34 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) is participating in practice Thursday, Dec. 15.

Footballguys view: He could play this weekend, but we suspect we won't see him until they face Green Bay in Week 16. Peterson looked as awful as anyone else behind this line in Week 1 and part of Week 2, but at this point the Vikings should be willing to see what the future Hall of Famer can do now that he is healthy.

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